Laurence Sterne(1713-1768), Writer and divine; author of 'Tristram Shandy'
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Writer and curate of Coxwold, Yorkshire, and author of the humorous Tristram Shandy (1759-67) and A Sentimental Journey (1768). His work, filled with obscene language and ridicule of public figures, earned him both celebrity and scorn in literary circles. Originally trained as a cleric, Sterne never felt entirely at ease with a religious life, claiming, 'books, painting, fiddling, and shooting were my amusements'.